Saturday, March 26, 2016

Special Beer Tasting!!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

Beer Tasting 
Hosted by Adrian (of our Forsyth location)

Wednesday April 27th 
Starting at 6pm

$20 per person
Seating will be limited to 16 poepleReservations required - call 314.727.8788
or reserve online

Blind Flight IPA Flight
Bells Two Hearted Ale different ages
How much does freshness matter?  Cans or bottles?
We have been ageing a 6 pack of each to see how it holds.  We did this a few years back and it was very interesting.  
  • Two Hearted Ale CANS Jan 26, 2015
  • Two Hearted Ale CANS April 23, 2015
  • Two Hearted Ale CANS Freshest at the time of tasting

  • Two Hearted Ale BOTTLES March 30, 2015
  • Two Hearted Ale BOTTLES April 24, 2015
  • Two Hearted Ale BOTTLES July 6, 2015
  • Two Hearted Ale CANS Freshest at the time of tasting

Sour/Wild Flight Blind Tasting
How much do scores on RateBeer matter?
  • New Holland Mischievous Wild Ale  Rated 39/100 RateBeer 
  • Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour Rated 55/100 RateBeer  
  • Tool Nelson Survin Sour  Rated 92/100 RateBeer  
  • Lindemans Cuvee Renee   Rated 97/100 RateBeer

Stout Flight  (not blind)
- some fun assorted stouts to finish off.
  • Stone 2016 Imperial Stout               
  • Sudwerk Best Friends Vanilla Coffee Sout     
  • 4 Hands Devil's Invention Coffee Stout   
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD   

96 Point Ramey Cabernet

2012 Ramey Annum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$99.99
From a vineyard in the Oakville Corridor, just below Dalla Valle, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum (950 cases) is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of licorice, smoked meats, camphor, graphite and oodles of crème de cassis and coffee beans. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and a dramatic, ostentatious personality, it should drink well for 15-20 years.
David Ramey, who is one of the veterans of high-quality winemaking on California’s North Coast, worked in France and at some of the top Napa wineries (Rudd and Dominus) before settling in Healdsburg in Sonoma Valley. He continues to make Chardonnay in a Burgundian style with full malolactic fermentation, and now produces four single-vineyard Chardonnays as well as two generic efforts from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Drouhin 2013 Pinot Noir

2013 Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills...$39.99
Our 2013 Dundee Hills cuvée is classically balanced, elegant, focused, and very clearly represents the terroir of our Estate. The color is a beautiful mix of garnet and ruby. Aromatically dynamic, floral notes with bright red fruit and spice fill the bouquet and palate. It is a mix of roses and violets with red hills earth, white pepper, red currant, cassis, light vanilla, pomegranate and warm cherry pie. On the palate, the texture is layered and complex, and the finish is quite long with well integrated tannins that will round in time. Our 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is young, but very pleasing now, and will only improve with time and patience. Enjoy today, and through the next five to eight years.”

2013 Diamond Creek - destined for greatness

You saw the huge scores 2012 received, 2013 should score just as big!
Do not wait!

2013 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace...$214.99
Red Rock Terrace, a warm microclimate, is 7 acres of north facing vineyard. The red tinted soil is high in iron content. The wine from Red Rock Terrace is the most accessible and earliest drinkable of all our wines.
Our winemaker describes Red Rock Terrace as "having velvety tannins, rich and well balanced, medium dark ruby color with cherry, mint and black currant flavors."

2012 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow....$214.99
Our second coolest micro-climate is our five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture.
Gravelly Meadow is our lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish."

2012 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill....$214.99
Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all our micro-climates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago.
Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins."  The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of the extra-ordinary Petit Verdot grape.

Talley Rincon Pinot Noir 94 points

2013 Talley Pinot Noir Rincon...$54.99
Aged 18 months in 22% new French oak, The 2013 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard is medium-bodied, juicy and lively, with bright acidity giving plenty of lift to its spring flowers, forest floor, mint and sweet Pinot Noir fruit. Made in a pretty, crystalline and elegant style, it's a gorgeous 2013 that will have a decade of longevity.

This is another terrific lineup of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Brian Talley and winemaker Eric Johnson. Located in Edna Valley, they release a number of single-vineyard (also from the Arroyo Grande Valley) as well as solid value-priced appellation releases and their Bishop's Peak bottlings. Most are completely destemmed and aged in a modest amount of new oak.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

95 Point Turnbull

2013 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville...$67.99
Turnbull's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, their least expensive wine in the portfolio is the most forward and precocious of the cuvées and shows what great winemaking and vineyard sources the Turnbulls are dealing with. The color is opaque purple, the wine shows slightly less tannins than its counterparts, with gorgeously intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, cedar wood, forest floor and spice box. It's full-bodied, opulent, rich and, while still young with a good 10 years of upside, this wine will still be drinking great 20 years from now.
Rated 95/100 Robert, Parker Wine Advocate

2012 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa...$44.99
"A very ripe red with dried fruit and lots of chewy tannins. Full and a little hot. Needs time to soften. Phenolic character and texture suggest cold soaking before fermentation which is a little annoying, but it should come together with bottle age. Better in 2017."
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

80 year old Carignan - only 150 cases made!

New and at a great price!!
2012 Clos del Rey L'Aragone Cotes du Roussilon Villages...$39.99
On sale now, was $59.99
  • Very Old Vines - 80 Years Old
  • 100% Carignan
  • Only 150 cases made
The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages L’Aragone is outstanding. Made from 100% Carignan and aged 12 months in concrete, it shows the prettier side of this variety, with classic notions of spice, cedar, new leather and plum sauce on the nose. It is medium-bodied, pure and lively on the palate, with plenty of sweet fruit and good length on the finish. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it should dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 4-5 years.
These superb efforts are made by Jacques and son Julien Montagne from their Roussillon-based estate. They make heavy use of Carignan, with superb results.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, March 25, 2016

Whitehall Lane new release

Another stunning 2013 red blend
2013 Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Red Blend...$24.99
Three generations of the Leonardini Family (Tre Leoni) are responsible for this expertly made proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.  This ferociously fun blend is round, rich and delicious.  It has enticing aromas of red berry, plum, and sweet oak.  The flavors of blackberry jam, cherry and hints of black pepper fill the mouth and friendly tannins linger on the finish.  

2013 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$19.99 / 375ml
The 2013 growing season was quintessential Napa Valley. The fruit was hand sorted and fermented in small lots at an average of 85°F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months and blended to attain balance. Merlot increased softness on the mid-palate while Malbec added texture and additional layers of ripe flavors to the wine.

2012 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Lonardini Vineyard....$85.99
It all began in our Leonardini Vineyard in March 2012 when Mother Nature provided perfect spring weather for bud break and early grape development. This cabernet comes from our most prized vineyards and is the owner's namesake. Out of the 12 acres planted, winemaker Dean Sylvester hand selected the fruit from seven vineyard rows. Loaded with bright, ripe fruit and intensity in depth, enjoy now or allow to cellar till 2030.

Side Project Noir du Fermier

Both Federal and State registration have been completed!
Watch for release party details soon.  Working on a date.

Hoping to have both Karen and Cory King on hand for the release.
We will taste the Side Project Noir du Fermier and Side Project Merci

Side Project Noir du Fermier 
Barrel Fermented Missouri Black Saison
(we supplied a couple of red wine barrels for this one)
"Noir du Fermier is a dark farmhouse ale in which the robust yet dry malt bill is balanced with the brightness, depth and rustic character of the wild Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus found on our family's Missouri farm.  This farmhouse ale was fermented in and aged in red wine and bourbon barrels for several months before being naturally bottle conditioned in this bottle." - back label

Sudwerk Coffee Vanilla Lager - back in stock

Sudwerk Brewing Best Friends Coffee Vanilla Lager....$6.99 / 22oz
ABV: 7.0%
Coffee, Vanilla, Chocolate. A match made in brewing heaven. Born in Sudwerk’s tasting room, 3BF is an expermental blend of 3 simple ingredients creating a unique burst of mouthwatering flavor. Roasted coffee mixed with sweet cacao nibs and hints of vanilla bean, this brew is your new best friend

O'Fallon Brewing

O'Fallon Co'al Train Imperial Stout...$7.99 / 22oz
11.5% ABV Imperial Stout from O'Fallon Brewing with 42 IBU according to the label
Cannot find much else about it yet.

O'Fallon Strawberry Best....$8.49 / 6pk

Wheat with Strawberry
Try our new refreshingly light and crisp Strawberry Best! We start with an American Wheat style recipe that’s a perfect compliment for fruit. We add real strawberry puree to the secondary fermentation, which gives the beer a naturally subtle strawberry flavor and aroma with a slight tartness. Light in color and soft in bitterness this beer is designed specifically to be enjoyed during the hot summer months.
Alcohol: 4.4% ABV
Bitterness: 7.9 IBU’s

Votes Best Wine Shop and Cheese Selection 2016 Ladue News!!!

Thank you St. Louis for voting for us in the Ladue News!

2016 Ladue News Platinum List!

Wine Shop

Winner: The Wine and Cheese Place

LN readers don’t have to travel the globe for the world’s best wines – they count on their local Wine and Cheese Place to stock their cellars.

The most discerning oenophiles love to try a taste of everything in the wine shop’s award-winning selection of top regional, national and international wines – from Missouri to California, Italy to France, and beyond.

When it comes to grabbing a glass for guests to sip at their next party or choosing the best bottle to savor at a special occasion, wine connoisseurs need to look no farther than their neighborhood Wine and Cheese Place.

The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-727-8788; 9755 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314-962-8150; 14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin, 636-527-1144; 457 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314-989-0020;

Cheese Selection

Winner: The Wine and Cheese Place

Not just wine enthusiasts but cheese aficionados frequent The Wine and Cheese Place.

The local chain of wine and cheese shops offers a wide and delectable range of the best fresh-cut domestic and imported cheeses, from soft, sweet brie to seriously sharp cheddar.

And for your favorite cheese addict, the store’s Cheese Lovers Basket contains an assortment of the world’s top cheeses, as well as artisan handmade crackers, house-roasted nuts, imported breadsticks and more to enjoy with them.

To satisfy their craving, the ultimate cheese fans are sure to stop at The Wine and Cheese Place.

The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-727-8788; 9755 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314-962-8150; 14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin, 636-527-1144; 457 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314-989-0020;

Crane Brewing Orange Gose and Apricot Weiss

Crane Brewing Apricot Weiss...$9.99 / 750ml
You may be asking yourself why there is a flower on the label of an apricot beer.  Well, a treee must blossom in order to fruit, conversely, this beer blossoms once it is fruited.  Juicy, tangy and oh so perfect.

Crane Brewing Orange Gose.....$9.99 / 750ml
If you find yourself sailing the open sea, the local lake or lying just lying on the beach for an extended period of time, you are going to need an extremely refreshing beverage.  This orange gose will do the trick.  Enjoy the salty zing wherever the wind takes you.

Time to Vote Again....

Time to vote for your favorite Wine Shop, Beer Shop and your favorite restaurants.

Click here to vote 

2005 Bordeaux

2005 Chateau La Tour Figeac St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe...$86.99
The 2005 La Tour Figeac is a stunner of a wine from proprietor Otto Rettenmaier. (The wife of Stéphane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker). The estate, which sits on the Pomerol border on what is called the Graves of St.-Emilion, has produced a wine dominated by Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc. Absolutely extraordinary and one of their great successes, this 2005 is a sleeper of the vintage. Opaque purple, it possesses a beautiful nose of licorice, forest floor, blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied and opulent, with sweet tannin, it is approachable, but with considerable upside still remaining. This wine should continue to drink well for another 15 or more years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

A beautiful 2005 Bordeaux for under $35!
2005 Chateau Fontenil Fronsac...$33.99
From the home estate of Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2005 Fontenil has an opaque, thick ruby/purple color. Dense plum, black cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit jump from the glass of this full-bodied, terrific Fronsac, which is one of the appellation’s stars of the vintage. Long, rich, young, and capable of lasting another 15-20 years, this is one of the candidates for Wine of the Vintage in Fronsac.
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Rare and different new wine....

Still Xarel-Lo?
Our emails are often filled with wines that receive great press or come from historic estates, but every once in a while we like to completely off the grid and shine a light on some pretty obscure and quite tasty wines. To that end let us introduce you to Celler Credo, as far as I can tell they are the only producer of still Xarel-Lo available in the St Louis market. What is Xarel-Lo you may ask, the main grape used in the production of Cava, the Spanish answer to Champagne. Celler Credo come to us from our favorite Cava producer Bodegas Recaredo, and produces stunning, bio-dynamic and organic, examples of what the Xarel-Lo grape can be when done as still wine.

2013 Celler Credo Miranius Penedes...$15.99
Miranius has strong varietal character with crisp acidity and a good palate. To achieve this, we work with very low production volumes in our vineyards, taking great care over ripening with the aim of producing wines with natural, fresh acidity. This wine may contain natural sediments

2013 Celler Credo Aloers...$24.99
Aloers is made by allowing the must to macerate for a few hours with the stems and then leaving the wine on the lees for approximately two months. At Celler Credo we produce limited volumes in our vineyards and keep a close eye on maturation. This approach allows us to achieve a fresh and natural acidity. Aloers offers the freshest, most genuine expression of the Mediterranean Xarel·lo grown on calcareous soils

2012 Celler Credo Estrany...$47.99
Estrany is made using an age-old technique from the time when wine was macerated with the grape skin. This contact with the skin is taken to the limit to showcase the Xarel·lo variety in a frank, uncompromising way that captures all its depth and rough-edged elegance. This is an unfiltered, unclarified wine. It may contain completely natural sediments as a result of our minimal intervention.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout 2016

Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout...$7.49 / 22oz
Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with.
10.8% ABV

One more chance at 2nd Shift BA Vanilla LSD

2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD !!!
"One of the best BA LSD's we've done yet" - Steve Crider

RAFFLE CLOSED - will pull names tomorrow!!

One more chance to get it....mixing it up a bit..
If you did not get allocated a bottle of 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD and you are in our BRC, we are going to give you another chance.

Since we have 600 bottles, I know there will be some people will not pick up for whatever reason (they might not like the style of the beer....).

After the deadline for everyone to pick up which is March 30th at 7pm.  I will take everyone that signed up for the raffle and draw names for however many bottles we have left.
You will then be able to purchase the bottle for $19.99. 

  • You have until March 30th at 7pm to sign up
  • If you already got a bottle, you are not eligible
  • You must be a member of our BRC
  • It is for a chance to purchase a bottle at $19.99
  • 1 entry per person
  • You do not have to enter a credit card
  • you must sign up online
  • Drawing will be done March 31st.

Jolly Pumpkin Limited Releases

These are now up for grabs....come and get them at Forsyth
or call 314.727.8788 to reserve or transfer.

Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla Michigan Soure Biere...$12.99 / 750ml
"Twould fill with joy, and madness stark the Hoi Polloi!
That's a quote - can't remember from whence at the moment.

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek.....$12.99 / 750ml

3,100 gallons of La Roja meets 50 gallons of Michigan Tart cherry juice to combine in a mellifluous melody of sour and tart Joie de Vivre! Sip, savor, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD !!!

Thanks to Libby and Steve Crider for a great release party tonight!

A ton of great beer was consumed!!
Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD was fantastic and watch for the new releases of CID, Don's Dirty Dozen and Grace -- they were drinking beautifully.  

All emails sent now.

Release party with Steve and Libby Crider (and baby makes three)

EMAIL invites just went out to the top 30 - 2nd Shift Supporters.

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to release with 2nd Shift Brewing...
Barrel Aged Vanilla Liquid Spiritual Delight
Wednesday March 23 (sold out, closed event, invite only)

3 barrels worth for The Wine and Cheese Place!!!
2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD !!!

"One of the best BA LSD's we've done yet" - Steve Crider

We will taste these at the event
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD
  • 2nd Shift LSD  **
  • 2nd Shift Vanilla Cat Spit Stout   **
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla Cat Spit Stout   **
  • Bonus: 2nd Shift Grace (new batch)   **
  • Bonus: 2nd Shift CID (new batch)   **
  • Bonus: 2nd Shift Don's Dirty Dozen (new batch)    **

 ** tasting only not for sale at this point.

2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla LSD

The general BRC release emails will go out Thursday March 24 - AM (maybe late Wed night)

A portion of the allocation will be based on 2nd Shift Support.   You have until 7pm Tuesday night March 22 for purchases to count towards this release.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

4 Hands The Devil's Invention

10 more cases in stock - not sure how much longer we will have it - stock up
4 Hands The Devil's Invention...$6.49 / 22oz
Stout brewed with Coffee
The Devil's Invention is a full bodied stout brewed with coffee. Inspired by one of the early nicknames for coffee, "the bitter invention of Satan", this stout has a bold chocolatey aroma with complex notes of coffee and a smooth, sweet finish. The Devil's invention pours black in clor with a tan head.

10 Barrel Brewing Riding Solo Single Hop IPA

10 Barrel Brewing Riding Solo Single Hop IPA....$8.99
Single Hop Pale Ale